Sunday, March 24, 2013

Raiding the Rock Vault really strikes a chord

These "jukebox heroes" with their hypnotizing rock vocals and powerful 
musical talents are like a fantasy football team in the form of a rock band.

Raiding the Rock Vault is a new show and super group made up of true rock and roll veterans from several internationally known groups. RTRV is now In Vegas for a one year run at the Las Vegas Hotel in none other than Elvis' former theater. The show pays homage to the best classic rock spanning just before the Vietnam era all the way to Desert Storm, (when music changed and "grunge" entered the mainstream). 

The fantasy playlist includes The Who, Led Zeppelin, Free, Toto, Journey, Van Halen, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Foreigner, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and more....along with live scenes and colorful multimedia depicting our country's history of classic rock. All of this in combination with these industry pros is truly a perfect musical storm.

These guys collective musical and life experiences performing with major bands, include years on stage, on the road, in small clubs, arenas and festivals worldwide. Some of them while going up the ladder of fame, some down again, back up again, and everywhere in between. Personal struggles, marriages, divorces, kids, addictions, recoveries, some losing their way, then finding a new way, seeing things they'll never forget, (some they can't even if they want to).....and now they have found themselves part of an exciting new Vegas attraction, which after just a few weeks is creating a major buzz. Part of this is because what they give to their audience is real, imperfect, beautiful , and everything that is true "rock and roll".

For me, this show tapped into my inner wild child where the past few decades of my life flew through my mind like my life flashing behind me lost and buried somewhere in my vault. The one where we store that crazy, youthful, slightly rebellious but hopeful part of ourselves that gets buried in all of the layers of adulthood. It was a real rush to bring it all back out again for a few hours. The rest of the audience caught it too and the whole night was like an awesome house party where all the best people show up and it just gets better and better!

Love it or hate it......there is nothing indifferent about rock and roll...

"Raiding the Rock Vault", Las Vegas
 The Band

Robin McAuley, Irish rock vocalist known mostly for his work in McAuley Schenker Group, Survivor, and Grand Prix.

John Payne, Vocalist, bassist, guitarist, songwriter and producer John Payne has fronted ASIA for 14 years replacing John Wetton in 1992. Previous to ASIA, John sang with Roger Daltrey, CCCP and ELO Part 2.

 Paul Shortino, Rock singer and musician who has sung with Rough Cutt/The Cutt and Quiet Riot.

Howard Leese, Best known as Heart’s guitarist whom he played with for 22 years. After leaving he immediately became the guitarist for The Paul Rodgers Band/Bad Company.

Tracii Guns, Guitarist best known as the founder of glam metal group L.A. Guns and in the first lineup of Guns N’ Roses. He has also been a part of the super groups Brides of Destruction and Contraband.

Andrew Freeman, Vocalist and Guitarist who has played for a number of bands and legendary musicians. Most notably for The Offspring and Lynch Mob.

Jay Schellen, Drummer best known as a member of Hurricane, Asia, World Trade, Circa, Unruly Child and several members of Yes.
Michael T. Ross, Rock Keyboardist best known for being a part of the bands Lita Ford, Missing Persons, Hardline and Angel.

 All above photos provided with permission by the
Mitch Schneider Organization,

There are also actors and dancers in the show who enrich the experience but are not credited anywhere in the program or online. Fellow underdogs, respect to you!

Excerpt below

Written by esteemed Grammy Award-winning record producer David Kershenbaum (Joe Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Supertramp) and musician, producer and vocalist John Payne (Asia), “RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT” features timeless gems translated on stage live and loud by an all-star band comprised of Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart, Bad Company), Tracii Guns [Guitar] (LA Guns, Guns n’ Roses), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quite Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Hurricane, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline, Angel).

In addition, Special Guest Artists will join show from time to time. Confirmed for March are Bobby Kimball [Lead Vocals] (Toto) followed by Joe Lynn Turner [Lead Vocals] (Rainbow, Deep Purple).
The history of rock ‘n’ roll will come to life when this one-of-a-kind, rock concert experience kicks off a year-long run Saturday, March 9th at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Mission Productions Limited and Rock Vault Tours, LLC present RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT

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